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Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Humility, Intentional Living, Proverbious

The Prayer of Jabez – Rev. Ermal Wilson

The Prayer of Jabez – Rev. Ermal Wilson

In this edition of “Timeless Wisdom from Rev. Ermal Wilson” we will  hear the first of three sermons from a Revival at Trinity Wesleyan Church in Oak Hill, Ohio. In this first message he shares with us from the prayer of Jabez, which he had been preaching on long before the book make the verse popular. You’ll hear a little of the Pilgrim Holiness style prayer meeting at the end of the talk. But, just before that, there is a really powerful illustration that I had never heard him share before. The illustration is worth the time listening in and of itself. (There is a bit of a gap in the content of the talk. This was recorded in the days of Tape. So there is a gap where the tape had to reverse directions to record.)

Listen in!

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Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Humility, Intentional Living, Proverbious

If God Will Give You One More Year – Rev. Ermal Wilson

If God Will Give You One More Year – Rev. Ermal Wilson

We live in a world where you can find pretty much everything online. There are archives of all kinds out there. You can hear voices every since there have been devices to record them. Of course, this massive online collection is also filled with billions of hours of meaningless content that makes many of us question our very existence.

And that’s exactly what is motivating these posts.

My grandfather, who passed away in April of 2014, was a preacher. He spent much of his life behind the pulpit in one way or another. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of recordings of him preaching. But we do have some.

Over the next few weeks I plan on sharing those recordings with you. He spent a lot of his life traveling and sharing with churches in revivals. And I’ll be honest with you, I’m hoping that by sharing these with you, there may be others who have recordings of some of his sermons that will dig out those old tapes and share them with me.

Nevertheless, the messages he preached, including this one that was preached over 20 years ago, still have a very timely message for us today.

I encourage you to listen in and let God speak to you!

(The audio starts at about 10 seconds in. Also, early in the recording, for about 30 seconds it will sound like he walks away from the mic, but he gets back quickly.)

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Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Proverbious

Wisdipedia – Proverbious – Day 314 – Proverbs 27:3

Wisdipedia – Proverbious – Day 314 – Proverbs 27:3

Proverbs 27:3

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
but vexation by a fool is more burdensome than the two of them.

Vexation is a word we don’t use much any more. In fact, the use of the word has greatly decreased over the past couple hundred of years. While the word is making a bit of a comeback, it’s still not an extremely popular one. That very fact alone could be an outworking of this proverb.

What I mean is, that it doesn’t seem like we’re getting smarter and wiser as a society. Sure, we have more information now than we’ve ever had in the history of the world (as far as we know). But, it doesn’t seem like having all this information is making us wiser. In fact, it seems to me that we are continually slipping in the ways of wisdom. It seems to me that wisdom has become a lost art form. It probably won’t be too long that wisdom will go the way of the encyclopedia. It will be something we look up on wisdipedia when we need it, but we won’t be in the habit of learning the ways of wisdom. Wisdom won’t become a way of life. Living the proverbious lifestyle will be a joke, something of days gone by. We’ll remember it as we do yesteryear.

Perhaps that’s why it’s so easy to be annoyed nowadays. If you have any wisdom at all, you recognize that there is a great lack of it in many parts of the world. In fact, we seem to be being encouraged away from being wise and just relying on the wisdom and knowledge of others to tell us what we should do. And we are just supposed to be followers. We are just supposed to be good little sheep who do what we’re told – without using our own wisdom to make such decisions on our own.

Don’t contribute to the downfall of wisdom. Live Proverbiously. (Yes, I just made my made up word an adverb. Is that wise?)

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Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Proverbious

You’re Not That Good – Proverbious – Day 313 – Proverbs 27:2

You’re Not That Good – Proverbious – Day 313 – Proverbs 27:2

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.

You’re not that good.

I thought about just writing those four words for today’s post and leaving it at that. But, then I remembered that there are some out there who actually think they are that good. So, I knew I couldn’t just leave it at that.

If the age of the internet has taught us anything, it’s this: there is always someone out there doing what you want to do, better than you’re doing it. If you doubt that, then I’m guessing you haven’t spent much time looking to see what’s already out there in your field. And if you haven’t spent much time seeing what’s out there, the chances are pretty good that you just think you’re better than all of them so you don’t need to bother with looking.

If you know yourself at all, then you know that for every strength you have, there is an equal or greater weakness to counter it. You may be good at one thing, but there is something else your are equally weak at. And from my observations, it seems that those who have great strengths have equally strong weaknesses. In other words, if you’re really, really good at something, then there’s a good chance you’re really, really, really bad at something else.

So, to sing your own praises means that you have to overlook all of those weaknesses to make a statement like “I am the greatest.” Either that or your extremely deluded. But, just because you’re great at one thing, doesn’t mean you’re great at everything. And if you’re not great at everything, then you shouldn’t sing your own praises. As long as there is something not great in your life, you really ought to keep your mouth shut. If you don’t as soon as you brag about yourself, someone else will point out your weakness and put you in your place.

But, when the praises come from the outside, when they come from someone besides yourself, they can sing your praises because that is what they are seeing – your strength.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be confident. This doesn’t mean we should be pleased in the work we do. What it does mean is that we shouldn’t be proud. We shouldn’t be so proud that we’re willing to overlook our own weakness to shout about our strengths.

Trust me, no one is that good.

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Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in Proverbious

Carpe This Diem – Proverbious – Day 312- Proverbs 27:1

Carpe This Diem – Proverbious – Day 312- Proverbs 27:1

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow;
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Have you ever gone to bed completely determined to wake up the next day and seize it? I mean you’re going to carpe this diem. You’ve made a list, you have a plan of what you’re going to start on first. You know how to get one thing going so you can go and do something else while it’s doing its thing. You have a plan and tomorrow is going to be the most productive day of your life.

Then you wake up. Later than usual. Grumpier than usual. More tired than usual. And all that drive, all that desire, that big plan you had is gone. Out the window. Vanished like a vapor.

I don’t think the point of this proverb or the other passages in the bible that make a similar statement are to get us to stop planning for tomorrow. I don’t think we’re supposed to just bounce around like aimlessly and hope that we’re going to end up in the right place. I can’t imagine that the God of the universe who put into motion a great plan and very organized system for everything we see around us would want us to approach our lives without system and structure.

What I do think it means though is that we’re supposed to take full advantage of this day. We’re not supposed to make extravagant plans for tomorrow because we’re too lazy to do them today. We’re supposed to do as much as we can each day. There shouldn’t be a need to seize a day like we think of, because we should have been diligent enough along the way that there is a normal amount of work to do each day.

Along with that, we never know if we’ll be here tomorrow. I know we say that, but I don’t think we really believe it. Especially the younger you are. As you are young, you feel like you have your whole life ahead of you and that there will be plenty of time to do the things you’re thinking of doing. But, even when you’re young, you don’t know with certainty that you will be there tomorrow.

So, don’t wait for tomorrow to do what needs to be done today. Don’t boast about all you’re going to get done tomorrow. Don’t boast about the cool trip you’re going on or the adventures you’re going to have. Boast at the end of the day about all you got done today.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2013 in Proverbious

Silver Quarters – Proverbious – Day 311 – Proverbs 26:23-28

Silver Quarters – Proverbious – Day 311 – Proverbs 26:23-28

Proverbs 26:23-28

Like a coating of glaze over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
The one who hates others disguises it with his lips,
but he stores up deceit within him.
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
for there are seven abominations within him.
Though his hatred may be concealed by deceit,
his evil will be uncovered in the assembly.
The one who digs a pit will fall into it;
the one who rolls a stone—it will come back on him.
A lying tongue hates those crushed by it,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.

From 1932 – 1964 the quarter was made of 90% silver and 10% copper. If you had one of these quarter then you had something that had actual worth to it. In other words, it didn’t just represent value, but had value in and of itself. Now the quarter is comprised of 8.33% nickel and the remainder is copper. Now, the quarter merely represents the value of 25 cents and has little to no value itself.

This is the same for someone who speaks kind words but has an evil heart. I’m sure you’ve come across this kind of person. They are full of praises, but their hearts are evil. They will speak highly of you, but have evil thoughts about you. They will praise you but secretly be hating you.

This proverb starts with the earthenware being glazed. Oftentimes this glaze would be silver. So, you’d have a bowl that looked silver, but was actually only clay covered with silver. And when you drop one of these dishes, they break. When you drop a silver bowl it doesn’t break, it might dent, but it wouldn’t break. But a clay dish covered in silver would break. That’s because the core of the dish is made of clay.

When someone speaks words of praise, but in their hearts they are thinking evil, hateful and selfish thoughts they are like this dish. When they break it will be revealed that they were full of clay and only covered with silver. When they break, it will be revealed to the world that they were actually hateful.

Often times, when someone says all the right things, it’s a sign that there is a facade that shrouds their real identity. And eventually the shroud will be pulled away and the world will see the real person inside.

What’s the point? The point isn’t to say all the hateful things you are thinking because they will eventually come out. The point is to stop being a person filled with hateful thoughts. Don’t think of others as evil. Think of them as exactly who you are – flawed and in need of grace. Let the work of grace change you from the inside out, so that the inside matches the shiny outside.

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